Fittingly, Ichiro (3-for-4) and catcher Kenji Johjima (1-for-3) had productive performances on Japanese Baseball Night.
There were pregame festivities with drums, music and dancers dressed in colorful outfits.
"I wasn't here, so I didn't get to see any of the performances," Ichiro said, "but when I saw a small clip of it on the TV, I noticed that they were playing Chinese music, so it made me think they didn't comprehend Japan."
Research, please, I beseech you. It wouldn't have taken long.